Time for Change Foundation to Honor Laurena Bolden with the Community Champion Award


March 26, 2024 – California – Time for Change Foundation’s (TFCF) 22nd Annual Awards Gala will honor outstanding individuals and organizations that go above and beyond for our communities and continue to make a difference in the lives of others.

Laurena “Lala” Bolden embodies the spirit of community and service, deeply rooted in her upbringing and family values. A proud native of Highland, CA, Laurena’s journey is intertwined with her commitment to giving back and uplifting those around her. Raised on the San Manuel Indian Reservation, Laurena learned the importance of community involvement from her mother, Alaina, and her grandparents, James & Rowena. Their dedication to serving others inspired Laurena to follow in their footsteps, becoming a beacon of hope and support in her own right.

As a devoted wife and mother of two boys, Laurena leads by example, prioritizing family values and community engagement. Her involvement in the San Manuel Tribal Council as a Councilmember and Vice Chair of the tribe’s Education Board underscores her dedication to her tribal community.

Guided by the foundational principle of “Putting God first in everything we do” and the belief in offering a “hand up” whenever possible, Laurena’s compassion knows no bounds. Her support to various youth sports’ leagues and collaboration with Loma Linda University Health reflect her commitment to promoting pediatric and behavioral health initiatives.

In the words of her grandmother, “Laurena understands the importance of paying forward the kindness and generosity she has received.”  

“Laurena’s heart for the community is evident in her life. Her generosity and commitment to helping others throughout various efforts show a true community champion and we are honored to be giving her this award”, said Vanessa Perez, Executive Director.

Other Award Honorees include:

Bobby Wagner, football player of the NFL, with the Philanthropist of the Year Award; Laurena Bolden at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians with the Community Champion Award; Dr. Rita (Faridah) Ali from We 2 Matter with the Humanitarian Award; Rev. George Lamb at F.A.C.C.T with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Kellie Todd Griffin at CA Black Women’s Collective with the Michelle Obama Courage Award; Pastor Craig Hadley from Paradox Church with the Nancy Varner Angel Award; and Rialto ROTC with the Ramos Family Spirit of Compassion Award.

Time for Change Foundation’s 22nd Annual Awards Gala will be held on Friday, April 19th, 2024, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario, California at 6:00 p.m. PST. To support the work of Time for Change Foundation, you can become a sponsor, purchase an ad in the event program book, or purchase a Gala ticket.

To register for the event or to become a sponsor and increase your business’s visibility in the community, please visit the 22nd Anniversary Gala Event page, or contact Florence White at (909) 886-2994 or by email at fwhite@timeforchangefoundation.org.


Time for Change Foundation empowers disenfranchised, low-income individuals and families by building leadership through evidence-based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities. We accept all forms of donations. To see how you can help make a difference visit us on the web at www.TimeForChangeFoundation.org.

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